UK and Ireland Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services has announced the launch of two new UV printers that extend Mimaki’s popular 100 and 330 series product ranges – the UJV100-160Plus and UCJV330-160. The new models deliver enhanced production benefits, providing customers with increased opportunities to extend their application range, whilst also utilising Mimaki’s proven UV technology to support a more sustainable future for the industry.
As UV inkjet printing trailblazers, Mimaki launched the world’s first UV printer with white ink in 2004 and has continued to expand and develop UV technologies that enable versatile, high-quality sign and graphics printing. The introduction of its entry-level 100 series and its more advanced 330 series printer range took Mimaki’s established platforms and applied these robust technologies to the needs of different market sectors and customers at different stages of their digital print business journey.
“The addition of these two new models presents an exciting opportunity for us, and there has been much anticipation around the arrival of the UCJV330-160,” states Hybrid’s Sales Director, Andrew Gregory. “The drive to lower running costs, increase productivity and offer Mimaki’s typically high levels of creativity will ensure a strong uptake.”
Arjen Evertse, General Manager Sales, Mimaki Europe, explained, “The pressing need to be more sustainable, as well as the recent pressures associated with rising energy prices has accelerated the industry-wide need to adopt UV technology. UV printing requires considerably less energy throughout the printing process than other technologies, not least due to the fact that LED UV inks cure instantly. This both improves the printer’s environmental impact but also saves on production costs and delivery times.”
“At Mimaki, we are committed to supporting the move to UV to ensure more sustainable, efficient print production, future proofing the businesses of our valued customers and of course, ensuring we are working towards improving sustainability for all our sakes. The UJV100-160Plus and UCJV330-160 are the latest results of our efforts to expand the UV printing options available to print service providers, whilst also delivering the unparalleled benefits that are synonymous with Mimaki technologies.”
The two printers are compatible with Mimaki’s new cloud-based printer status monitoring tool for all Mimaki products – PICT. Available for customers to download, PICT improves the efficiency of Mimaki customers’ print operations and production management by giving them the power to monitor the operational status and performance of their printers from a PC or mobile device. The printer operation and ink usage results are captured for each Mimaki printer in production or within designated groups, providing customers with improved ink inventory management and maintenance and production planning.
New Mimaki UCJV330-160 1.6m UV printer/cutter
The new UCJV330-160 integrated printer/cutter offers versatile LED UV roll-to-roll inkjet printing with significantly improved productivity and image quality.
With a production speed of 28m2/h in four-colour configuration or 18m2/h with white and/or clear inks, the UCJV330-160 enables users to offer impressive turnaround times and produce more jobs with increased efficiency. In addition, high print speeds can be achieved with high output quality, thanks to Mimaki’s newly developed ink firing technology (1) that improves colour reproduction in high density areas even in high-speed output mode.
The UCJV330-160 has been developed with application and media flexibility in mind to support Mimaki customers with the move to more environmentally friendly substrates. The printer is equipped with white and clear inks as standard, and users can print high quality images on traditional media used for outdoor sign graphics applications, as well as translucent, transparent, and coloured materials, including PET, polyurethane and other resin films, textiles and uncoated paper.
This media flexibility combined with the option to offer 2.5D print, watermarks or 5-layer printing further supports businesses with their goals to provide customers with a more diverse and high value product range that will increase their competitive edge. Being an integrated printer/cutter, the UCJV330-160 is also equipped with advanced features for contour cutting to deliver stickers, decals and labels.
New Mimaki UJV100-160Plus 1.6m UV printer
The affordable UJV100-160Plus model features new capabilities and has been designed to consume an exceptionally low amount of power. At just 0.5kW, the UJV100-160Plus consumes less than half the power of eco-solvent and latex/resin printers on the market (2), helping print businesses to reduce running costs and their CO2 emissions.
New functionalities of the UJV100-160Plus have been incorporated to expand its range of applications as well as improve operational and cost efficiencies. A new ink saving function reduces ink consumption by up to 50% while maintaining the colour balance of the printed design, with ink reduction levels set by the operator using RasterLink7 software, removing the need for specialised knowledge or equipment for colour adjustment.
A new function included in the printer pulls back the printed substrate to enable up to 3-layer printing, extending the application possibilities and allowing colour-white-colour or white-colour-clear printing, giving more flexibility to offer a wide range of applications, for increased creative effect or to add value to applications such as window graphics.
The UJV100-160Plus also links seamlessly with Mimaki’s CG-AR cutting plotters, enabling users to output cut data directly from RasterLink7 to the plotter, improving workflow efficiencies and linking the printing and cutting even if the output PC does not have design software.
Both models will be available through Hybrid’s network of authorised Mimaki Partners, with demo machines arriving at Hybrid very soon. “We look forward to inviting prospective customers to view these exciting new products in the very near future,” concludes Gregory. “Offering the latest in high quality output, they also deliver on Mimaki sustainable goals and will undoubtedly be a popular addition to our product line-up.”